RCD Mallorca snatched a draw from the jaws of defeat last weekend and will be looking to follow that up with all three points at home to CF Rayo Majadahonda tomorrow evening. Manager Vicente Moreno will be once again absent from the bench after his sanction from the league, but will be demanding that no complacency is allowed as they seek to continue their promotion push.
This season has been one of showing bounce back ability in the face of defeat as RCD Mallorca have seldom been able to string a run of unbeaten results together due to their woeful away form. Their best unbeaten run is 6 games, with only two of those being away from home. However, ironically it becomes their away form that is key to keeping them in the hunt as others around them drop points. The momentum that remaining undefeated away from Son Moix brings, in whatever manner, is key and all that matters at this stage of the season is points on the board.
Last week RCD Mallorca were largely uninspiring against CD Numancia and escaped with a point when Salva Sevilla netted his first of the season, robbing the dithering defender and netting from six yards out in the 90th minute. However, a point is a point, and it matters not how they come right now away from home.
The task now falls to the side to back up their away point with a home victory. With the second best home record in the division to only leaders Osasuna, now is the time to make sure that no complacency is allowed and the players do not buckle under the pressure.
The last time these sides met at Son Moix it was last season in the Segunda B play off final second leg with RCD Mallorca running out 2-1 winners to seal their place as champions. Only Franz Gamez, Salva Ruiz, Marc Pedraza and substitute goalkeeper Miquel Parera featured in the starting line up and survive within the squad to this day. The bench of Lago Junior, Salva Sevilla, Manolo Reina, Aridai, Joan Sastre, Xisco Campos and Alex Lopez, illustrates just how much this side has evolved in under 12 months.
Results in the promotion race last weekend were once again kind the RCD Mallorca and picking up a point temporarily moved them up to 4th before Cadiz leapfrogged them with their three late goals away to Las Palmas. Cadiz though will have to show some serious form to maintain that position. After their next two games they face almost every contender for the top six between now and the end of the season. With fairly routine looking home games for our rivals this week and Sporting Gijon away to Gimnastic, no complacency will be allowed and 3 points are an absolute must.
Real Mallorca Team News
Dani Rodriguez will be available for the Vermillion after having his yellow card last week against CF Numancia rescinded by the league. Baba will once again be in contention with Marc Pedraza for the central midfield spot after no strong claim was made to the shirt last week and Pedraza picked up yet another booking, his 9th of the season. Pervis Estupiñan is almost certain to return at left back, bringing his qualities in both attack and defence.
RCD Mallorca are on hot form at the moment and have been beaten only once, away to CD Cordoba, in the last 9 games. Their Son Moix form is even better, having to go back 10 games to the 8th of December against Malaga to find their last defeat.
CF Rayo Majadahonda have experienced a defeat only once in their last 4 games and are quietly putting distance between themselves and the bottom 3. They remain in trouble though and have shown they can perform against the stronger sides, beating Deportivo la Coruna and Sporting Gijon away from home in recent weeks. They have only failed to score in one away game since Christmas, so RCD Mallorca may have to have their shooting boots on to win this one.
RCD Mallorca have been so strong at home this season that I can’t back anything other than a home win. However, I expect that CF Rayo Majadahonda will make life difficult for the home side and score at some stage meaning Mallorca will need to net twice if they want the points on what is set to be a nervy night at Son Moix.
RCD Mallorca 2 – 1 CF Rayo Majadahonda
CD Tenerife (a)
Predicted – Win
Result- 2-2 Draw
Elche CF (h)
Predicted – 2-1 Win
Result – 1-1 Draw
Real Oviedo (h)
Predicted – 1-1 Draw
Result – 1-0
UD Las Palmas (a)
Real Zaragoza (h)
Cordoba CF (a)
Predicted 1 – 2
Result 3 – 2
CF Numancia (a)
Predicted 1 – 1
Result 1 – 1